Monday, March 20, 2006

Real-Life (sorta) Heroes




Yesterday, author Monica Burns suggested performer Gerard Butler (right) of "Phantom of the Opera" fame might be more appealing to her than -- I can barely write this -- Nathan Kamp. Well, I guess if you go for that handsome-with-a-wicked-awesome-pro-trained-voice kinda thing, Monica might be on to something. So, lemmee see if I can ask this right:







Which stage or screen star do you think would make the best romance novel hero?

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I'm still in Nathan's corner, btw. In this photo, apart from his looking kinda Euro-trashy in a snaxy way, I like to imagine he's singing a beautiful Mozart aria. Maybe from Don Giovanni.


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25 comments:

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. It would seem as though our man Gerard is sometimes credited as Gerald. Let's just toss that on the baize from the outset, shall we?

When I read he'd played Beowulf in "Beowulf and Grendel," I nearly expired from excitement. I loved the book "Grendel," told from the beast's point. Anyway, Gerar/l/d Butler ranks on my list now of dreamy Nerd Girl hunks. Kenneth Brannaugh, Gerard, Jeremy Northam...

But I'm not about to kick our boy Nathan under the back wheels of the bus just cause a pretty Scottish face with a great voice (who probably looks awesome in a kilt) comes along.

Stacy~ said...

I love Gerard (sorry, not Gerald to me) as a hero because he is so rugged and masculine (and Scottish!)

And I can't just pick one. I like variety. Pierce Brosnan fits into the description of some of the historical books I read, too. (And he's Irish!)

Keith Urban and Jimmy Wayne would fit stories with a laid-back, sexy, younger hero, maybe a sports player or musician (I'm thinking of LuAnn McLane's latest - Wild Nights) Keith's Australian and Jimmy's a southern boy.

Nathan seems to fit right in with the more erotic stories I read (Shiloh Walker, or any EC book)

And Eduardo Verastegui fits my image of the hot Latin lover type.

Disclaimer: these choices are subject to change at any time...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

?Eduardo? ?Qien es Eduardo Verastegui? RBtheBook is actually carried on a couple Telemundo sites. Hellooooo Google.

I didn't know you read LuAnne's shorts in "Wild Ride." I loved the cowboy country star one. I was a huge c/w fan for about 10 years. Even danced to a Shelby Lynn tune at my wedding. Still like it, but the obsession passed.

I don't remember who was talking ab out the musical theatre thing. It's not that I studied classical, cause believe you me, I'm wicked jealous a a billion broadway stars. I can't put my finger on what doesn't appeal to me about mt. But then again, I used to say I'd never read romance...

amy*skf said...

First I have to say to Stacy--will you ever forgive me...I haven't seen any of the movies Gerard's been in. Can you say, "under a rock?" I think he's a dream. I like a guy with a bit of an edge--a knowing smile, a few lines, soulful eyes...yes!yes!yes!

Monica, I'm gonna visit the acronym site--I thought I'd have to get a book on it.

Michelle, I love Clive Owen for a romance hero--maybe a deeply scarred one whom only I can--err, the heroine can save.

Peirce Brosnan gets a vote as well--also George Clooney (I like 'em a wee bit older, can you tell?)

But the all american Nathan Kamp on the first book cover you showed us Michelle--love him.

Patrick Dempsey and the guy who played McSteamy on two episodes of Grey's Anatomy--oooh the heart guy on the same show.

I know I'll think of more...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ai! Papi! Yo lo recuerdo ahora...

I'm not really certain that means I remember it now, but I'm pretty sure it does.

He was in "Chasing Papi," a righteous flick. You gots good taste, Stace.

Monica Burns said...

OMIGOD!! I'm sorry, but I almost had a heart attack when I opened up your blog this morning. I was melting faster than the Wicked Witch of the West and in a manner much more seductive!! LOL

Let me explain why I think GB has it over NK. They're both HOT, HOT, HOT...but it's the maturity that I see on GB's face that draws me in. It’s the body build, his neck alone says he could wear heavy armor without a problem. LOL. His face has a “craggy” look to him. He’s going to be like Clint Eastwood. He’s only going to get better looking with age. And then there are his eyes. Eyes are windows to the soul, and this man has it! I see amusement in his eyes, but I see a trace of sadness/melancholy too. His eyes say he’s lived. NK might get that look over time, but I don’t see it right now.

In reality, GB’s not a pretty face like NK, and maybe that’s why I find him soooo attractive and drop dead gorgeous. I can tell he’s NOT perfect. I can see him as one of my alpha heroes easily, because my heroes are always life weary. They're jaded, seen it all and then they meet a heroine who makes them realize that maybe they haven’t seen it all. That maybe, just maybe, there’s more to life than they realized. I think that’s what I LOVED about Timeline. GB fell in love with a woman from Edward “Long Shanks” time period, and he stayed behind to live in a time that had to have been one of great hardship all for LOVE! That makes me swoon just thinking about it. Ok, not swoon, but what woman wouldn’t want a man to love her that much that he’d give up so much for her.

As for acronyms, Michelle, you've got to translate when you're speaking another language!! LOL DANG girl, you have to have an IQ that's over the top. I love brilliance. *grin* When we meet at RWA National, I’m gonna HAVE to be on my toes to keep up with your brains and beauty. No kidding (learned a long time ago, never put into writing what you don’t believe).

And THANK YOU for a NEW picture of GB, I LOVE IT! But next time, give a gal a little warning would you! I’m at work and suppressing a cry of orgasmic joy in the office of a top state official is incredibly hard to do!! ROTFL

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hoo Doggy! LSHMEAW (laughing so hard my eyes are watering. I don't think that one's gonna catch on, though)

I am so into GBs neck, so I can't believe you mentioned it. GB in chain mail? Yeah, baby. I'm all like, how weird is it that I'm diggin on it to the point of obsession? Necks and forearms.

Yeah, yeah, you're right of course, about the maturity in the face, etc. All things that kill me too. You just detail them better than I could have. I wrote amy skf this am and told her that GB's my idea of every Highlander with grey eyes I've ever read about. I won't even make any kilt jokes.

But Nathan's my pretty boy fantasy now, and I've never had one before.

BTW, not certain, but you may not be the first person in a top state official's office ever to suppress an orgasmic cry...

Amanda said...

Amy, I haven't seen any of those movies either--we must have been under adjoining rocks!

Michelle, Shelby Lynne is a local gal (Mobile, AL). You might also enjoy her sister, Allison Moorer's music.

As for actors as romance heroes I don't think I can stop at just one. There are so many I love: Jeremy Northam (could he be any cuter in The Winslow Boy and Emma? Maybe in Possession!), Hugh Grant (I know I should despise him for Divine Brown, but I can't), Clive Owen (no explanation necessary)...

That pic of Gerard Butler is very good... those eyes are mesmerizing...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Amanda! I love love love Jeremy Northam, especially in Emma. "I rode through the rain! I'd ride through worse to get to you..." and when Emma says they can dance together cause they're not bro and sis and he says, like, "no, indeed we're not." I once rewound the proposal scene from Emma about 10 times in a row just to watch him. Possession is one of my fave books. He was also great in "Amistad," an awe-inspiring movie.

Hugh Grahnt, as my husband calls him, is so sweet in "Sense and Sensability," doncha think? And my ability to deny deny deny is finely-honed, so I'm like, Divine Who?

Didn't know that about Shelby Lynne and her family.

Monica Burns said...

Oh, but Michelle, you forget that I'm German/Italian, and that makes me louder than any Foghorn. ROFL


And I adore Jeremy N too. So funny you rewind that proposal scene. I live for that moment. Although his "Badly done, Emma. Badly done," is soooo wonderful. I just want to be Emma being scolded by him and then flinging myself to my knees and begging his forgiveness.

Oh great, how am I suppose to get writing done at home tonight when I'm going to be craving JN in Emma! LOL

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

YES! The Badly Done! I meant to write that, too. Do you know I'm Italian/German also? Too eerie now, don't you think, the coincidences? (Which is a totally PA Dutch/German way of stating something I now realize) :)

Amanda said...

As usual, Michelle, your taste is divine! Ditto on JN's Emma proposal scene and the "badly done." He's such a dreamboat!

I actually saw him on stage in Love's Labors Lost on a college trip to London BEFORE he broke into film. I had the biggest crush on him when I got back home. Imagine my shock when I saw the previews for The Net with Sandra Bullock!

My rationale for Hugh Grant is that I'm never likely to date him myself so why waste time worrying about something he did in his spare time. He's still charming and lovely...and was PERFECT as Edward in S&S.

Sorry for the distraction, Monica;)

I frequently rewind the scene in Branagh's Much Ado when Benedick is in the garden and is is tricked into thinking that Beatrice loves him. Brilliant physical comedy and you can actually watch him go from hating her to loving her in the space of five minutes...Sigh...Ken is dreamy too...

Lucy Monroe said...

Wow...I think I live under a pile of rocks, or don't get to enough movies. LOL

But I've got to vote for The Rock and Vin Diezel...who ain't pretty, but his voice makes ya melt.

Monica Burns said...

Ok, I confess it, I've been to the blog over 25 times today, just to look and drool. Everytime I open up the page, I sigh. I've got it bad.

Michelle, as I tell my girls, there are no coincidences only actualities. I believe things happen because they're suppose too. I think it's cool we've so much in common.


Manda - NP on the distraction...sooooo worth it!! LOL

Lucy - I don't go to the movies either, but I do own more than 600 DVDs now. Why pay $30 at a movie theater (tickets, popcorn, etc) when I can spend $20 pop in a great movie and watch in the comfort of my own home. As for Vin, oh yeah! That VOICE! Almost as good as James Earl Jones and Patrick Stewart. Their voices give the most delicious shivers!!

Ya know, all this chatting today is giving me ideas, and I'm cracking up the receptionists here with my drooling. LOL

Monica

amy*skf said...

Lucy--I get the whole Vin Diesel thing, did you know he was the voice of the Robot on The Iron Giant--kid's movie--great. My husband has a Vin Diesel-esk-iness about him. Of course as a kid I had the hugest crush on Yul Brinner. Yup, Yul. Brinner.

Voices kill me--love Patrick Stewart.

Monica, you're killing me--however I will admit I have gone on the sight more times today without writing anything. just so I can look at him...I can't wait to get Phantom.

Mandacoll--I have a girlfriend who has given me a must watch list--she is disgusted with my lack of movie moxie--but apparently I (we) need to add to it.

amy*skf said...

Oh yeah, and Michelle I love Scotland. I would really love to see him in a kilt--could you arrange that?

Amanda said...

Amy, the list is a good idea. I am sadly out of the loop when it comes to blockbuster type movies. Unless it's been chopped up and played on TBS or TNT, I haven't seen most of the boy movies like Timeline and Tomb Raider...

Lucy, there's nothing like a sexy voice...I'm particular to the Welsh lilt myself though there aren't many actors out there today who have it, Anthony Hopkins is the only one I can think of. And Richard Burton's was lovely...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ames: I'm having a hard enough time getting to Nathan. Not sure i could wrap GB in a plaid if I tried!

The Rock? I have a very good friend who considers him her all-time UATW fantasy hero.

I don't see many movies either Bellas. Woefully uninformed.

Oh, Amanda, you cheeky girl. You got to see Jeremy live. sigh. color me jealous.

amy*skf said...

I said I was reserving Phantom (library) I'm 90th. 90th. I'm gonna have to come-up with plan B.
Every time I open this page I sigh.

That's okay Michelle--I'll take him without the kilt.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Very generous of you, Ames!

amy*skf said...

I'm a giving person, Michelle.

Anonymous said...

Ooo, Jeremy N. was yummy in Emma. Can I add Jason Stratham? There's something about him I find very attractive, the eyes and the muscles I suppose! I agree that when guys have a good voice it adds a little something extra. I'm particularly weak when it comes to japanese men's voices (speaking japanese, not english).

Stacy~ said...

I can't believe I forgot Clive Owen! Shame on me. I went to see "King Arthur" in the theatre (only) 3 times - now i have the DVD. He is soooo sexy in that movie.

I love "Emma", and Jeremy in it, but he doesn't quite rank as high on my list. Doesn't send me over the edge.

Vin Diesel is a nice choice - did you see the scene in "The Pacifier" where he's only wearing a towel? Best part of the movie....

Oh, I love John Hannah's voice - lovely, melty Scottish accent. And John Malkovich's voice in "Dangerous Liaisons". Just close your eyes and they flow over you like a delicious, warm wave....

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Anny: Welcome! There's not just something about Jason Stratham, there's pretty much everything, judging from the photos I just googled. yikers!

I happen to love men's voices speaking German. Spoken softly, very near the ear, almost whispered. Not that I ever experienced that. OK, just once in a practice room when I was in music school, but it was a long, long time ago...

Stace: Guess I gotta see a Vin Deisel movie.

Vivi Anna said...

Oh, Gerard, Gerard, how I love you so....

Want to see how sexy he can be, rent Dracula 2000, I beleive that was his first american film and put him on some lists....

I adored him in Lara Croft: Cradle of Life...so so sexy.

Others on my list of who would make great book heros:
1. Clive Owen, so rough and tumble
2. Johnny Depp, so sensual and exotic
3. Orlando Bloom, yes he's young but I'm a cougar so it doesn't matter
4. Viggo Mortensen, the reluctant hero with a generous soul and unflinching moral code, oh, and he's delicious
5. Joaquin Phoenix, the strong silent type, that believes in true everlasing love

Hmm, now you'll have to excuse me...I have some day-dreaming to do!